August 11, 2012

A Look Back at Elsa & Brian!!! (Too gorgeous for just one post)

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I hope you will indulge me as I share images from one of our early Spring weddings.  When the original blog post was made, the images used were mostly my snapshots which of course didn’t do justice to the beauty of the wedding.  The images here have been provided by the actual photographer, Slava Slavik

This gorgeous wedding was the result of a wonderful couple and a great group of vendors that worked together to create the bride’s vision in what can only be described as a stunningly beautiful wedding! 

Special thanks go to the following:

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, Chair Covers and Linens, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, Slava Slavik, Atlanta Bands and DJ’s, Event Rentals Unlimited, Button It Up, Weddings by Joseph Leone, and Stylist Kori Smith.

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November 14, 2011

Happily Ever After: a Fairytale Event at {three}sheets

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For many years, I have wanted to produce an event that would be geared towards brides/engaged couples but wouldn’t be like the many Bridal Shows that are prevalent.  What I wanted was to showcase gorgeous gowns, and present some favorite vendors in a really cool venue.  I finally had that opportunity!!!!!

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy who is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at {three}sheets, an upscale night club located in Sandy Springs.  During our tour of the venue, which can host private events of all kinds, she mentioned that during the summer they would be hosting “Fashion Friday’s” and that as a part of that series, she would love to have a bridal portion.  Well that was indeed music to my ears.  Since I loved the venue, and this would fulfill my desire to offer something different than a traditional bridal show, I immediately spoke up and said I would love to partner with {three}sheets on this endeavor.  Due to scheduling conflicts AND my desire to present new designs, we finally settled on the date of Friday, October 21st!

With the date set, I began to enlist the assistance of some of my favorite vendors. 

The dress designer was one that I didn’t even have to think a second about, and I was so pleased and honored that Atlanta’s own, Anne Barge, agreed to provide her amazing new designs to show at the event.  The fun part was selecting the gowns at her salon.  While I would have loved to select every single gown she had, we knew that to keep the interest of those attending, we needed to limit our selections and showcase a variety of styles that would suit every taste. 

The next vendor that I got involved early on was none other than Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  I knew that showcasing his designs AND his amazing product would be a huge hit to everyone in attendance – whether they were engaged or not.  He did not disappoint.  He provided a beautiful contemporary cake in the colors accenting the venue, black, white and red.  Guests were provided a selection of varieties to enjoy including, chocolate with chocolate ganache, Italian Cream, Vanilla, and a seasonal flavor of Cinnamon Apple. 

Knowing that men would be in the attending audience, we certainly didn’t want to leave them out, so Guffey’s menswear provided tuxedos to coordinate with our bridal gowns.  The styles that were presented are sure to make every man shine on his wedding day. 

Florals were provided by Lauren of Adorned Event Design.  I selected Lauren because of her fresh, creative ideas that are not the typical designs you see for bouquets and boutonnieres.  She did not disappoint.  All of her designs were gorgeous but one that stood out was a bouquet made entirely of cotton. 

I was pleased to have Wedding Angels partner with us to provide bridesmaid attire as well as a few intriguing bridal gowns.  The selections of styles shown were some of the hottest straight off of the New York runways from Fashion Week. 

AnnaBellagio provided our gorgeous jewelry and accessories for our models.  Their selection of jewelry is vast and their pricing is very affordable.  They can provide accessories to coordinate with any color, style, look, etc that can be imagined. 

Stylist Kori Smith and her team produced make-up and hair styles for all of our models.  I asked Kori to showcase not only traditional styles that would be typical for a wedding, but also some more avante gard styles that would be appropriate for a fashion show.  While our models were beautiful before they even received the services, she and her team transformed them into looks that were stunning to say the least. 

Speaking of models, we partnered with Caliber Model Enterprises to provide several of our models for the show and then we supplemented with friends of Wendy and me.  I was so pleased with each and every one of the models as they truly made the designs shine.

Capturing the event as well as providing a behind-the-scenes look, was Ben Vigil of Ben Vigil Photographers.  I knew that with his talent and creativity we would have amazing images and boy did he!!!! 

What would an event be without Door Prizes?  Well, we certainly didn’t want to find out, so our guests were treated to awesome gifts such as Massages from Massage by Pace, jewelry from AnnaBellagio, a Specialty Cake from Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, gift certificates from Wedding Angels , gift bag from Fab’rik, and a variety of items such as photo frames, toasting flutes and goblets from Janice Blackmon Events.

With an event of this magnitude, it was essential to have a strong media sponsor, and the obvious choice was Modern Luxury, The Atlantan Brides!  Not only did they support us with marketing for the event, they also provided copies of their latest magazine for the Swag Bags.

I must also Thank other media sponsors for helping to get the word out about this amazing event as well as attending, Heather Vreeland of Occasions Magazine and Lei Lydle of AtlantaBridal.com.  With the combination of these three powerhouses, we knew that getting the word out for the event would be an easy and productive task.

Speaking of Swag Bags, the first 100 guests received a gift bag that included some amazing items, such as gourmet candy, gift and discount cards, hair and make-up products, jewelry, lip balm, in addition to two publications; The Atlantan Bride and Occasions magazines. 

This event truly was a dream come true and my deepest appreciation goes out to every vendor that had a part in making the event such a success.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many more exciting events to come that will showcase some of the area’s finest vendors that work together to make every event perfect/flawless!

Thank you as always to my staff for making this event flawless like every one that we produce.  My team is the BEST!!!!!!!!

Please sit back and enjoy the following images.  To truly get the sense of each image, please click on the image to enlarge it for easier viewing. 

 

July 1, 2011

By Invitation Only…Event for Planners

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A SPECIAL EVENING OF FUN AND PAMPERING FOR

Event Planners

SPONSORED BY

STYLIST KORI SMITH | JANICE BLACKMON EVENTS

&

VILLA CHRISTINA

 WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | LACY BRANCH

OF LACY BRANCH EVENTS | ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

was so excited to be a part of this event.  Together with many awesome vendors, we created an evening that inspired and delighted those in attendance. 

Kori Smith contacted me several months ago to ask if I would partner with her to plan this special event. She had a vision of providing a unique event for Event Planners that would allow them to feel pampered and appreciated.  I gladly accepted and immediately began making plans and working with other partnering vendors to create what ended up being an awesome  By Invitation Only event.

Special thanks go to Julie Bilecky and the staff at Villa Christina for working with me to create a scrumptious menu and to Danny Wilson of The Savage Garden whose creative genius designed stunning and unique décor and to Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens who provided the gorgeous linens and to the amazing Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes who designed and created the most spectacular cake that was not only beautiful but oh, so delicious!!!

Other vendors that lent their helping hand to make this event a success were:

PPi

Event Rentals Unlimited

Quest Drapery

Confetti

Sugarcoated Radical

SoulPhonics & Ruby Velle

Sensational Baskets

Fonix Entertainment

Anna Bellagio

In the Moment Photographs

BLEND Parfume

Each of these vendors provided various components for the event as well as presenting their company in a Vendor Room where Guests could mix and mingle to learn about each of the sponsors. 

And special thanks goes to Lacy Branch, of Lacy Branch Events in St. Louis, Missouri, our guest speaker who gave an excellent presentation that was informative, interesting and humorous.

As the guests arrived, they were treated to our signature drink for the evening – which was a Makeover-tini – a creation by the Bartender of Villa Christina.  It was a citrusy mix that reminded me of an Orange dreamsicle.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed as guests mingled while meeting vendors who had set-up their displays in the Bridgeview Room. 

After the Cocktail Hour, guests were invited into the main Ballroom where they entered a transformed space that was elegant, edgy, and colorful.  It was truly a sight to behold.  I selected a color palette of hot citrus colors to welcome the beginning of Summer.  I was so proud to see all of the planning and designing come together and was so pleased with the outcome.

After a few opening comments, guests were served an International Tapas Plate consisting of Thai Beef Salad in a Cucumber Cup, Roma Tomato Stuffed with Creamy Crab Salad, Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Crisp Pea Pod and Chicken Salad Stuffed Sweet Pepper Roulade.

The main entrée was a Teriyaki Glazed Boneless Breast of Chicken served over a Korean Glass Noodle Salad with a side of Tempura Battered Garden Fresh Vegetables which were drizzled with a Remoulade Sauce.

Keeping the guests entertained throughout the event was SoulPhonics with Ruby Velle.  A high energy band that has been Grammy nominated.

To add to the fun of the evening, 5 guests were randomly selected to receive a mini-makeover, compliments of the Stylist Kori Smith team while the rest of the guests competed in a Table Decorating contest which proved to be not only a fun activity but a great team-building exercise.  The results were much more than we had ever anticipated and these folks truly showed their creative side and perhaps one of the biggest reasons they are in the profession they are due to their quickness and creativeness which comes into play so often!! Each of the 6 teams had the same basic supplies to work with and what resulted were 6 completely different designs, each one being amazing and actually beautiful – which was definitely not the expected outcome! 

As the competition ended and the make-overs made their way back into the room to model their changes, guests were served the delicious cake.  Three different flavors were provided, a Lemon with Raspberry filling, Italian Cream Cake and an Amaretto with Chocolate Ganache.  Guests were also invited to visit the Chocolate Bar provided by Sugarcoated Radical where they were greeted with a selection of interesting infused flavors of chocolates presented to uniquely on a piece of board with various shelves and containers that was attached to a vintage bike.  Certainly not your ordinary candy buffet.

Lacy Branch judged the Table Decorating contest and selected the design of the team that she felt best used the items in a creative way.  The winning team used oranges as candle holders as just one of the creative details of their design. 

Each guest received a Swag Bag full of wonderful items supplied by the vendors involved and was definitely a huge hit. The bag was filled with wonderful surprises such as jewelry from Anna Bellagio, chocolates from SugarCoated Radical, handmade note pads from In The Moment Photographs, Perfume sample from BLEND Parfume, Note Pad and Pen from Janice Blackmon Events, Hair products from Joico provided by Kori Smith as well as nail polish and other hair products.

Thanks again to Kori and all of the other vendors that worked together to make this a huge success!  I’m honored to have been a part of it.

The following gallery of photos show all of the details of the event.  The photos are not in any specific order, but I hope you will sit back and enjoy viewing the beauty and fun of the special evening for Event Planners.